I met my friend Colin around 10 years ago when I owned a language school. He came in looking for a job as a teacher and I hired him because he had a funny Irish accent and was full of keen. He turned out to be one of the best teachers, a natural. He liked his job I’m sure, but it wasn’t quite where he wanted to be and he knew it. He was just skirting around the edges of what was to become something else, something bigger, a more potent filling out of his life work, or dharma as it is referred to in yoga. So when I saw the picture of him being practically knighted ( he received his PhD) I was filled with happiness. And you could see it in him as well, even if you scratched the surface of that roguish grin you know you would find more happiness underneath.
Colin is not young. Nor is my friend Juliet who has recently had success publishing children’s books, or myself who has found a path in teaching yoga. We all have had an inkling of what lights us up but we can spend our lives narrowly avoiding that urge, just playing with it. We don’t really pick up the paint brush or the pen, we only half start a project. We avoid connecting with those who can help us and we bath in the too tired, too busy avoidance bubbles. We know there is something really amazing out there that will light us up, maybe we are just waiting until we are retired? Or less busy, or less tired?
Maybe the opposite is also true. If you don’t act on your instincts of what it is you want to do then maybe it will eat at you?
The problem is that the thing that can save us, our dharma, is usually hidden behind a dragon. You have to get past that dragon to get to the jewels in the cave. It requires a leap of faith. It requires trust in yourself and a dispelling of uncertainty. It always requires courage.
If we spend the early parts of our life finding out who we are I hope we will spend the later parts being that on purpose. Through a series of choices and paths we can make decisions that lead us to the fullness of our potential.
Practice for today: Are you living your dharma? Does each day light you up and fill you? Are you living each day to its fullest potential? If you answer no to any of these please take the time out today to think about your path and the jewels you have within you that need to be uncovered.